Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who establish a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. In order to foster the establishment of a dental home we are offering a free oral examination and parent education for patients that visit our office by age one year. By seeing the child at age one or younger we can educate parents regarding the healthy dental habits that will prevent future decay.
The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.
Establishing us as your child's "Dental Home" provides an opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that can keep a child free from dental/oral disease. The most prevalent disease in children is dental caries (cavities). We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
All of our doctors are specialists in pediatric dentistry. This means that they spent an additional two years in a residency program after graduation from dental school. Pediatric dentists are trained for the specific needs of children in the same way as pediatricians. This additional education includes child psychology, growth and development, prevention, restorative techniques, and behavior guidance. Pediatricians recognize the benefit of seeking specialized care and prefer pediatric dentists for their own children. Our staff are all also highly trained and experienced in working with children. They are adept at assessing your child’s comfort level and tailor their approach to best meet the needs of your child.
Pleasant visits to the dental office promote a trust and confidence within your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and to teach them how to care for their teeth. Our special office designs and our communication style reinforce our main concern - your child's dental health and the development of a lifetime of healthy dental habits.
Before the first visit with us, we encourage you to talk with your child about the positive aspects of dentistry. Help your child feel comfortable by expressing good feelings about dental visits as a necessary part of staying healthy. By using phrases like "gentle and careful" instead of "won't hurt you" when describing their exam, your child will be more relaxed during their exam.
What to Expect
Our office staff will review the health history form with you at the first visit. At that time, you and your child will be introduced to our dental team. Parents are welcome to accompany their child into the treatment area during the initial examination. This gives you the opportunity to see our staff in action and allows your doctor to discuss dental findings and treatment needs directly with you.
If you accompany your child, your presence is greatly enhanced if you play a supporting role on our team. By allowing us to lead the communication, we can accurately assess your child’s abilities and set age appropriate goals. During this assessment, If more than one person is speaking to the child at the same time, they may become confused about who’s directions to follow. By allowing us to direct the interaction, we can build trust. These positive interactions lead to cooperation and a positive experience for your child.
We will perform a head and neck examination and evaluate the teeth and gums. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken only as they are indicated. Your child’s risk for developing dental caries will be assessed and a prevention plan will be established. We will then discuss our findings with you and answer any questions you may have. On the first visit, we will also talk about our education and prevention based philosophy of home centered dental care.
To reinforce our prevention philosophy, you and your child will also benefit from our Oral Hygiene Instruction class. This class occurs during the first visit and is where we will establish the foundation for your child’s lifelong dental health. One of our dental assistants will discuss and demonstrate both with you and your child the proper techniques for brushing and flossing you child’s teeth daily. We will also discuss your child’s diet in regards to foods that may or may not be beneficial for good oral health. At the end of every visit to our office your child will visit our treasure chest and get to pick out some fun toys to take home.
We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!